Paragraph Writing

A paragraph is a grouping of several sentences that discuss and describe a topic. Essays consist of multiple paragraphs — most commonly five, but they can be shorter or longer depending on requirements.

How to Write a Paragraph

A paragraph starts with a topic sentence. Decide the main point of what you want to say; you can talk about the details later.

The topic sentence is followed by several more sentences of additional detail. These enhance and explain the topic sentence.

Some paragraphs also have concluding sentences. This is the last sentence in your paragraph, and it reminds the reader of the paragraph’s purpose.

Paragraph Example

The following is an example paragraph:

Henry James was a 19th century writer. He published over 50 stories and articles in his lifetime. His most famous works include The Turn of the Screw, The Wings of the Dove and The Bostonians. Henry James’s body of work makes him a key figure in the 19th century realist writing movement.

The topic sentence is “Henry James was a 19th century writer.” This introduces the topic of the paragraph (Henry James) and gives us a brief idea of who he was (a writer).

The next two sentences give additional details about Henry James. He wrote over 50 stories, and we find out the names of three of his most famous works.

The concluding sentence is “Henry James’s body of work makes him a key figure in the 19th century realist writing movement.” This brings us back to the main topic of the paragraph (Henry James) and gives us a final, broader context of his role in English literature.

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